MLBTR passes along word that on his SiriusXM show yesterday, Jim Bowden claimed that the Jays “expect” to get one of Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. Makes sense, though I’m fully on Team A.J. at this point.
And so is Jeff Blair! In his latest (lastest?) at the Globe and Mail, Snappy The Turtle says he has a source with a Major League club that isn’t the Jays who included them among the teams who’ve contacted Burnett’s agent. I still think he’ll end up in Pittsburgh or Baltimore, but how fun would it be if he didn’t? Blair also half-seriously suggests that John Gibbons was indeed referring to Burnett at the State of the Franchise when he mistakenly reversed J.A. Happ’s initials, and says that the Jays may be softening on their anti-Scott Boras stance, as he says they’ve asked the über-agent about Stephen Drew, and have been told he’s amenable to moving to second.
At FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan looks at Burnett’s case as the best starter currently on the market. More importantly, he looks at some scary red flags on Ubaldo Jimenez, including the fact that “Jimenez made his 24th start on August 17th, in Oakland. He finished with a 4.00 ERA and a 4.33 FIP, and he’d averaged about 1.8 strikeouts per walk,” and that the competition he faced afterwards was pretty much dogshit. The other side of the arbitrary endpoint game, though, is that from April 29th onward his ERA was 2.61, with over 2.5 K/BB.
Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus includes Dan Norris among his list of prospects who just missed making his top 101 (which was released this week and included Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, and Alberto Tirado). About Norris he explains: “He was as high as no. 80 on a few rough drafts, but slowly trickled down the list before falling off completely so that a few high ceiling/high risk types could get their day in the sun. As much as they belonged, their inclusion shouldn’t have come at the expense of Norris. As far as I’m concerned, this is a top 101 talent.”
“Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” is the appropriate title given by Mr. Fairservice to his coverage of the Jays’ State of the Franchise event over at Getting Blanked. Read it already.
Blue Jays Plus has a nifty write-up from the State of the Franchise, in case you’re still looking for more of those. And last week I was on the BJP podcast, talking Tanaka and, apparently, getting conspiratorial or something.
Speaking of audio, check out Ben Nicholson-Smith — Benny Fresh! — on last week’s episode of FanGraphs audio.
Weighted balls. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun looks at weighted balls. Or something.
John Lott of the National Post looks at what the scouts are saying about Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman. Swoon much?
Blue Jays Plus also looks at the prospect rankings that were just released.
Brett Lawrie does hot yoga, writes Shi Davidi at Sportsnet. Yes, the off-season has come to this.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm writes about Sean Nolin.
Jays Journal looks into John Gibbons’ comments about mechanical changes made to J.A. Happ late last season.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Drew tells us about the new protective headwear for pitchers. Which… yeah.
Lastly, not entirely Jays-related, and a little stale now, but if I know my audience as well as I think I do, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the “Dave Dombrowski Is Full Of Shit” portion of this post at Detroit Sports Rag. Because it’s kinda awesome.